Bayern Munich Contemplates Varane Transfer, Murtough to Depart Man Utd

According to reports, Bayern Munich is said to be keen on securing the services of Raphael Varane from Manchester United in the upcoming January transfer window. The French defender, who joined United from Real Madrid two years ago, has been excluded from the team by manager Erik ten Hag due to “tactical reasons” and might be contemplating his options. Nevertheless, Bayern could encounter financial limitations, as a potential agreement for Varane could amount to approximately £17.5m to £26.2m, alongside his yearly wage of £17m. Varane has previously indicated his interest in a potential comeback to Real Madrid. In the meantime, it is anticipated that John Murtough, the football director of Manchester United, will depart from the club upon the confirmation of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos Group’s investment. This forms part of a broader reorganization occurring at the club, as CEO Richard Arnold has already resigned and Jean Claude-Blanc is likely to assume his position. The task of finding a replacement for Murtough, who has been associated with the club for a decade and assumed the role of football director in 2021, will present another hurdle for United. In spite of being in charge of the selection of Erik ten Hag and a prosperous 2022-23 season, United’s recruitment has been unsatisfactory this year.

There is a possibility that Real Madrid might alter their strategies for the January transfer window and focus on acquiring a striker due to Vinicius Junior’s injury. The club had been associated with Kylian Mbappe for a potential transfer in the summer, but it was not anticipated that they would take any action in January. However, considering Vinicius’ three-month absence from the field, Real is evaluating their alternatives and might consider signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. This season, the club has been vulnerable in their defensive efforts, and the absence of Vinicius due to injury has revealed their limited options.

According to reports, the English Football Association is keen on persuading Chido Obi-Martin to choose England as his representative. The talented 15-year-old Arsenal player showcased his skills by scoring 10 goals against Liverpool’s U16 team, and he has previously played for both Denmark and England in youth competitions. Although currently playing for Denmark’s U17 team, Obi-Martin has caught the attention of the English FA, who have been closely observing his development since last winter.

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